Scripture Verse

O God, Thou hast cast us off, Thou hast scattered us, Thou hast been displeased; O turn Thyself to us again. Thou hast made the earth to tremble; Thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. Psalm 60:1–2


Edwin F. Hatfield

Words: Edwin F. Hatfield, 1837.

Music: Herold, anonymous, in Songs for the Sanc­tu­a­ry, ed­it­ed by Charles S. Ro­bin­son (New York: A. S. Barnes, 1875), page 421 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Why, O God, Thy people spurn?
Why permit Thy wrath to burn?
God of mercy, turn once more;
All our broken hearts restore.

Thou hast made our land to quake,
Heal the sorrows Thou dost make;
Bitter is the cup we drink;
Suffer not our souls to sink.

Be Thy banner now unfurled,
Show Thy truth to all the world;
Save us, Lord, we cry to Thee;
Lift Thine arm; Thy chosen free.

Give us now relief from pain;
Human aid is all in vain.
We, through God, shall yet prevail,
He will help when foes assail.